I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. I received a Masters’ degree from Indiana University in 2010 for research on the relationship between religious beliefs, and views of scientist’s roles in shaping public policy. More recent research centers on two tracks. The first uses secondary data to examine connection between religious belief, behavior, and identity with a variety of environmental attitudes and behaviors. The second, the focus of my dissertation, utilizes concepts from political and fiscal sociology in an attempt to explain the timing, and composition, of renewable energy policy among U.S. states. Since coming to IU I have taught courses on introductory sociology, environmental sociology, and quantitative research methods. More information is available on my website (mvasseur.com).